Quote from vinnysca
I believe a PA-C practicing in acute care who later decides to get his/her RN/BSN degree will have a very hard time applying to nurse anesthesia school. What ALL NA schools require from RNs are NURSING experience and not patient provider experience.
IMO, Vanderbilt's decision to admit ACNPs into their Nurse anesthesia program stems from the fact, that these APNs have had acute care nursing experience prior to becoming ACNPs and therefore satisfies their requirement for "acute care nursing experience".
I, for example got accepted into NA school not because of my NP experience (I am an FNP who practiced in ER for over 2 years prior to applying to NA school), but because I had several years of ICU/ER nursing experience.
If a PA-C decides to go to NA school, then one would first acquire their RN degree (RN/BSN) and work in acute care for at least one year to be able to be eligible to apply to NA school.
Hope this helps answer your question.
How about this scenario. Unable to work ICU due to back injury so unable to get ICU experience. Gets ACNP degree and works ICU for a year or two. Viola! ICU experience, light on the back. More expensive I'll grant you, but an alternative. Clever!, no????
thanks i was wondering because of the post above. if it is true that a NP could do it why couldnt a PA-C/RN? i completely understand that that is how the system works right now. another question tho.... if one was a NP or PA in critical care, wouldnt you consider that a better foundation for CRNA school than being a ICU nurse? ok heres why, look at this...
(NP) more in detail description
(PA) cut and past job descript.
both practitioners have same duties and look at what the Critical Care midlevels do (procedure wise as well). doesnt that seem like a MUCH better prep for CRNA school? (intubation, vent management, alines, etc). so if one was a PA-C/RN, or NP, in critical care you wouldnt think one could handle CRNA school, as well as if not better than a ICU nurse? im not trying to stir a debate. i do think critical care experience is important b4 CRNA (ive seen from my short experience the "bad" pts in the ICUs and it takes a different skill set to manage those pts and thats why i mention NPs and PAs in CCM ONLY, not FP, IM, Peds, OB,etc), but why only in the role of ICU nurse? i THINK more midlevels (NPs and PAs) would follow the CRNA route in order to expand their scope of practice. maybe not. at this point i would love to do both, maybe im only dreaming, but would it seem like a great job to not just be "stuck" in the OR, but also have a few days rounding in the ICUs, seeing the progress of pts, and maybe even working in a pain management clinic as well....
ok that was too much, but its always nice to dream right? ok m rant is over, hopefully others will respond.